Oh! The Things I Would Do If I Had My Kid's Energy

Child Jumping

It’s 8 am on Sunday morning. I’m on my third load of laundry and first cup of coffee. (I know…something terribly wrong with that sentence.) My son, Norrin, has been up since 4:30 am and shows no signs of slowing down. The kid has so much energy. So much!

I often joke that if I could bottle my Norrin’s energy, I could make a fortune. Well, looks like someone beat me to it. There’s a new spray on energy. Not only is the “Sprayable Energy,” small enough to fit in your pocket but it “contains the equivalent of 40 cups of coffee.”

Can you imagine? 40 cups of coffee! I’d say that’s the equivalent to Norrin’s energy level.

It got me thinking of all the things I could do if I had Norrin’s energy. Originally I wanted to name this post 101 Things I Would Do If I Had My Kid’s Energy…but the thought of coming up with 101 things made me tired.

So being that I don’t have Norrin’s energy and this is just pretend, I only came up with ten.


10. Organize my tupperware. Because I am convinced that this is the key to true kitchen organization.

9.  Finish all the books I’ve started. I have a lot of books. And I have this habit of starting a book, then putting it down. One day I’m going to finish Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and One Hundred Years of Solitude. My list can go on, but I figure these three are a good start. 

8.  Repaint my entire apartment. It’s not the painting I mind. It’s the prep. Prepping is the worst. But if I had 40 cups of coffee in me – I think it could be done.

7. Go to the gym. I have two gym memberships and I rarely go. Why? Because I’m tired. If I had Norrin’s energy – I’d be at the gym every day. (Okay…maybe not every day but 3-4 times a week, at least.)

6. Sleep for the fun of it. I could always use a few more hours of sleep. But with Norrin’s energy, I’d sleep because I want to not because I have to.

5. Organize all of my paperwork. Being a special needs mom, I have gathered quite a bit of paperwork. It’s scary, actually, how much paper is involved having a kid with autism.

4. Finish the novel I started 10 years ago.

3. Organize my photos. I have boxes of loose pictures. I tell myself I’m going to sort them all out by year, scan them and put them into albums.

2. Learn a craft. I’m the least crafty person I know. I don’t knit, sew or scrapbook. It seems like something I’d enjoy doing, if I had the energy.

1. Give my kid a real run for his money. Tire the little guy out. Wait for him to fall into a deep sleep – then wake him up. It’s done to me so often, I’d like to give him a taste of his own medicine.

What would you do if you had more energy?


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